essential Cottage pie

Try adding a handful of grated Cheddar into the mash and use a fork to ‘fluff up’ the mash for a really crispy topping.

  • Preparation time: 25 minutes
  • Cooking time: 20 - 25 minutes
  • Total time: 45 - 50 minutes 50 minutes

Serves: 8


2 x 454g packs essential Waitrose British Beef lean mince (typically 10% fat)
1 essential Waitrose Onion, chopped
4 essential Waitrose Carrots, diced
2 tbsp essential Waitrose Tomato Purée
3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
400ml beef stock (from a stock cube)
1.2kg essential Waitrose potatoes, diced
150ml essential Waitrose milk


1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Fry the carrots and onions in a large pan until they’re soft and starting to go golden. Transfer to a plate and fry the mince in batches for about 5 minutes until browned. Return the mince, carrots and onions to the pan and add the tomato purée, Worcestershire sauce and stock, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, cook the potatoes in boiling water for 15-20 minutes until tender. Drain and mash with the milk and a little butter, if required. Season to taste.

3. Transfer the mince to an ovenproof serving dish and top with the mashed potato. Bake for 20-25 minutes.